Human rights and crimes against humanity
June 4th, 1989: the students gathered in Tiananmen Square were bloodily repressed by the Chinese government. They were asking for the end of corruption and reforms, like the ones put into effect in URSS in those days. 26 years after, the longing for truth is still silenced by the government.
In 1939, ship SS St. Louis, with nearly 1,000 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany on board, was sent back to Europe first by Cuba and then by the United States. The image of that tragedy reminds the travel by sea of the Rohingyas from the situation that the US Holocaust Museum based in Washington did not hesitate to called as genocide.
British paper The Guardian reports about abuse against 100 women only last week in North Kivu, the war-torn region of Congo where Denis Mukwege carries out his relentless work of caring about victims. The doctor, specialised in reconstructive surgery for rape victims, tells journalist about women's struggle.
Editorial by The New York Times Editorial Board
The famous US daily's editorial board dedicated its recent column to the plight of the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority of Myanmar which is persecuted and made stateless by the Burmese junta. Many of them are escaping to…
The Professor at Israel's Open University, Yair Auron, author of numerous books about genocide cases and founder of Gariwo Israel, published in Haaretz a reflection on the difficult issues of Armenian identity and the struggle against genocide denial.
Through our heritage-protection projects we hope to foster peace. It is only through (professional) dialogue that peace can be reached and inclusiveness can be (re-)established. By Rene Teijgeler, Heritage for Peace
Crimes of genocide and against the humankind
the denial of the individual's value
The first legal definition in the domain of mass persecution dates back to 1915 and concerns the massacres of the Armenian populations perpetrated by the Turks, which were followed by the trials of the perpetrators before the Martial Court. In the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 the Great Powers use the terms "crimes against civilization" and "crimes of lèse-humanity". In the aftermath of Second World War, face the Holocaust tragedy, the Military Tribunal of the Nurnberger Trials against Nazi officials started the proceeding by stating the crimes on which it was competent... On 9 December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously approved the Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which is considered as the most heinous crime against Humanity.